SP, who'd been writing and making beats for years, met up with IQ in late 1998. IQ told SP he heard he was writing rhymes and wanted to hook him up with some beats. They two hooked up, and shortly after, IQ picked up the mic in his first attempt at recording his material in the years he'd been writing rhymes. The two were instantly great together.
They both decided to start their solo projects first. For SP, the "Beat Poetry" EP came natural, and was more poetic than the shit you'll catch him spittin now. IQ released "Pay Attention," which, while poetical, was more on the hip hop tip. When IQ needed some cuts on a track, SP suggested his long time contact Phizyx, a legend in the Detroit hip hop scene. IQ & Phizyx hooked up, and it became official that Phizyx was the DJ the SAC had been looking for all this time.
A year later, after their debut EP's had been released, SP decided to induct Flint native Brainstorm to the group. Brainstorm's a veteran MC who's been writing rhymes for almost a decade now. In 1996, Brainstorm and Phizyx began working on a projet titled "Verbal Kenetics," which unfortunately, was never released. However, Brainstorm brought new life into the SAC and his energy on stage rubbed off on his crew members, making the SAC a force to reckon with for 2001 and beyond.
Look out for the debut 12" from The Starving Artists Crew coming soon featuring the songs "Artistry Original," "Four Square" (which features Thes One of People Under The Stairs), and maybe one more banger. Peace and thanks for the support.
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But the best track on Beat Poetry is undoubtedly "Shelter," which might be the best "I love my mamma" type track I've ever heard-- It's better than Eligh's recent "Forks in the Road," and it may even be better than Goodie Mob's "Guess Who."
- Jay Seagraves, Hip Hop Infinity
Anyway, the lovely jazzy groove of Moment of Clarity' gets this album off on the right foot and it all carries on from there. Laidback, jazzy beats predominate here though what sounds distinctly like drum and bass pops up about halfway through Lessons In Life' (produced by IQ and SP) which contains the usual dose of ill, or should I say healthy, lyrics.
- Julien Boast, Hip Hop Music UK
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